Friday, December 5, 2008

Warning: You Won't Enjoy This Post Until the End

'Tis the season and all that, I've been a might busy and postings have been sparse. So you've got to know I have something momentous to share if I am here, yes? Ummmm....right-o!

Let me preface this by the fact that I am oddly attracted to medical programs. No, not Grey's Anatomy or ER or House, although I do love all those too. No, we are talking those reality shows on cable.

Flickr Pic by by pbo31

You know the ones.

They are documentaries of surgeries. Or sad tales of malformed, freak-show-esque human spirits from third world countries. Discovery Channel. TLC. National Geographic.

The My Shocking Story of the" Tree Man" who has horns instead of hands.

...Or the wolf kids, human face transplants, octopus man, Siamese twins, people who eat 10,000 calories a day and weigh a 1/2 ton, and the list goes on and on. Truly fascinating.

Usually these people are very poor from countries of limited resources and have very limited medical options, so it is inspiring to see western medicine helping them from funds collected from commercials while I gawk in amazement of human resilience.

That said, I happened upon this below. I was shocked!

Absolutely blown away.

Warning! This will shock you!

Holy Fudgcolas! I almost tossed my cookies and I usually find this fascinating.

Worse yet?

This happened in California. Yes, the Bay Area. Yes, at Stanford hospital.

Need another look?

Yep, them be brain maggots in a rotting brain tumor.

Rocking back and forth here.

I checked Snopes. It's real.

How was this guy found?

Here's the scoop from Curezone:

Photographs of a man in his 70s who was suffering from an unusual form of cancer which had eaten away at the upper portion of his skull and scalp but who had not sought any medical treatment because the condition was not causing him pain.

The man was brought to the trauma center at Stanford University Hospital (where the photographs shown here were taken) by San Mateo County paramedics who had been summoned to the scene after the man was involved in a minor automobile accident and who found him in his car in the condition pictured.

Maggots can infest the human brain, and so can certain types of tapeworm larvae (pork tapeworm)*.
*Remember that pork we ate a while back? Maybe that wasn't tumor ridden meat, but dead "pork tapeworm." Hmmmm....

So, 'tis the season so I thought I would share this holiday season. It really makes you grateful for what you have, eh?

I mean who cares about credit card bills and the economy when you have the good sense...ahem seek medical attention in the case of brain tumors and have the common sense...knock on your noggins...not to drive if one's brain is infested in maggots.

Helen? You may hurl now. God knows if you're afraid of a few stinkin' pig hooves, who knows where brain maggots will take you. I hope Steve takes pictures. Heh!

Prize alert! Prize alert! Prize alert!

Here's another treasure hunt bonus for those of you who made it to the end:

Guinea Worm

And how do you ask did this Seattle soccer mom find such putrid misery?

It all started with an innocuous feel good article in today's local Seattle Times newspaper entitled,

"Horrifying parasitic illness reaches all-time low"

The good news: The article reports that we are curing many human parasites , the Guinea worm in particular, through the efforts of Jimmy Carter and Microsoft.

The bad news: That anyone should have to live in such retched conditions in our world in the first place.

The best news: PB's teacher is very involved with humanitarian groups having spent a year in Africa and now involved in an orphanage in India. This year our class has decided to split her gift with a small flower arrangement and gift certificate for her and better yet, a big check to sponsor those orphans who are often born into such retched conditions. So far, we are almost at sponsoring 10 orphans for a whole month.

Yes, my friends, 'tis the season. Be happy for what you have. Your health. Your children's health. Hopefully a warm home and a full belly.
Flicker Pic by Aim and shoot!

PS If your head starts to ache during the holidays, you might want to get it checked out if maggots appear, m'kay? And if not? Please don't drive. I'd hate to wipe the maggots off my windshield.


Broke and Angry said...

Thanks. I haven't had a good hurl since my college days.

carrie said...

OMG. How can I *not* comment?

Alas, that'a all I've got.

That, and I won't be eating pork anytime soon.

Not a Granny said...


That's all I got...


imhelendt said...

I'm going to claw my eyes out now. That's after I hurl. Oh and WHY didn't someone TELL this dude that first of all, his brains are hanging out and he might need those, and second of all, that THEY HAVE MAGGOTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!?????????

imhelendt said...

I'm going to claw my eyes out now. That's after I hurl. Oh and WHY didn't someone TELL this dude that first of all, his brains are hanging out and he might need those, and second of all, that THEY HAVE MAGGOTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!?????????

Anonymous said...

Innocently clicked on this post today from 'you might like these stories' and HOLY FUCK.

The maggot brain thing is too much. Didn't consult a doctor because he had no pain? OMG.

The Guinea Worm reminds me of when we were traveling/hiking in Samoa and Vanuatu and my husband (then boyfriend) made everyone stand barefoot in a container of disinfectant for two minutes at the end of each day. Eeek.


Anonymous said...

I clicked on your link and I'm now familar with the Octopus Man. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. :P


Anonymous said...

OHHH im scared for life ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew omg the tree man but the brain eww eww i had to search a new chartoon character that i made, Happy Brain Worm but thats not what i had in mind eww

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